|Publication number||US6641221 B1|
|Application number||US 10/223,772|
|Publication date||Nov 4, 2003|
|Filing date||Aug 20, 2002|
|Priority date||Aug 20, 2002|
|Publication number||10223772, 223772, US 6641221 B1, US 6641221B1, US-B1-6641221, US6641221 B1, US6641221B1|
|Original Assignee||Maribel Kastlunger|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (10), Referenced by (30), Classifications (13), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This invention relates to headrests, headrest pillows, and head and neck support devices that can be attached to child safety seats, wheelchairs, and the like.
Pillows, cushions, and other head supports/restraints are a common feature of seats and support systems such as wheelchairs and safety seats. This invention is particularly pointed towards child safety seats and the lack of support for children's heads in such seats.
Parents who place their children in such safety seats are often witnesses to a sleeping child's head falling forward or on one side while the child is in the seat. When sudden movement of the car occurs, such as a sharp turn or stop, or hitting a dip in the road, the child's head can move violently with unfortunate consequences. Children awaken suddenly and begin crying and can even suffer injury to the head or neck.
This invention addresses this problem by providing an easy-to-use, light-weight cushion that can be attached or used with a variety of seats and support systems. Travelers on trains or airplanes can also make use of this pillow to protect them from neck strain and eliminate snoring.
Similar inventions in the prior art include U.S. Pat. No. 4,617,691, awarded to Monti and Monti, which teaches a stand-alone wrap-around neck support that does not attach to a headrest, U.S. Pat. No. 4,738,488 awarded to Camelio, which teaches a complicated head support system for children in cars that does not prevent the child's head from slumping forward, and U.S. Application Publ. No. 2001/0037957, which shows a portable pillow system. None of these devices provides the head support for a child that the present invention possesses.
The present invention provides a light-weight, flexible support pillow that is shaped to be placed around the user's neck and attached via removable attachment means to a standard headrest or seat back.
It is an object of the present invention to provide an improved neck and head support pillow.
It is a further object of the present invention to make this pillow from flexibly soft materials and fillings that are durable and washable.
It is a further object of the present invention to make this pillow attachable to a variety of seat head rests and other neck and head support systems.
It is a further object of the present invention to make this pillow low-cost and easy to carry.
The construction and operation of the invention can be readily appreciated from inspection of the drawings that accompany this application, combined with the detailed specification to follow.
FIG. 1 is a view of the device in place on a standard car seat securely holding a child's head
FIG. 2 is a back view of the invention on a standard car seat
FIG. 3 is a view of the invention showing the attachment means connected
FIG. 4 is a view of the invention showing it with the attachment means disconnected
In FIG. 1, the invention100 is comprised of a head support part101, a left neck support arm102, a right neck support arm103, and left and right attachment pads104,105, which have two attachment means106,107.
In the preferred embodiment, the attachment means106,107 are hook and loop fasteners sewn onto the attachment pads104,105 and the head support part101 and left and right neck support arms102,103 are fabric-covered pillow fill.
The left and right neck support arms102,103 are long enough such that when the attachment pads104,105 are brought into contact behind the head rest108 of a standard car seat109, the attachment means106,107 can contact each other and the child's head is comfortably supported without choking danger.
In the preferred embodiment, there is a fabric cover for the head support part101 and neck support arms102,103 which is washable and absorbent, and the fill in the invention is pillow fill, which is also washable and absorbent. The invention is light-weight enough so that a child can easily carry it.
It is clear that the length of the neck support arms102,103 can be extended so that the invention can be used to provide head support for seats with wider or taller headrests, such as airplane seats, without violating the spirit and intent of the invention.
Although the above is the preferred embodiment, other variations on this invention can be envisioned without departing from the spirit and intent of the inventor's idea.
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|U.S. Classification||297/397, 5/636, 5/922, 297/392|
|International Classification||A47C27/08, A47D15/00, A47C7/38, A47C16/00|
|Cooperative Classification||Y10S5/922, A47C7/383, A47D15/006|
|European Classification||A47C7/38A, A47D15/00F2|
|May 23, 2007||REMI||Maintenance fee reminder mailed|
|Nov 4, 2007||LAPS||Lapse for failure to pay maintenance fees|
|Dec 25, 2007||FP||Expired due to failure to pay maintenance fee|
Effective date: 20071104